Indians win 15th straight game


Sean Luna hits a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of a Cotulla defender during Jourdanton’s 85-35 win on Friday, Feb. 12. Luna hit a team-high three three-pointers in their emphatic season finale win. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sean Luna hits a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of a Cotulla defender during Jourdanton’s 85-35 win on Friday, Feb. 12. Luna hit a team-high three three-pointers in their emphatic season finale win. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Indians extended their winning streak to 15 games after closing out their 27-3A slate undefeated.

Jourdanton (17-1, 14-0) beat Natalia 59-43 on Tuesday, Feb. 9, before dismantling Cotulla 85- 35 at home during senior night on Friday, Feb. 12, for the program’s 24th consecutive district win. Being able to send their 10 seniors out on such a high note at home was special.

“It’s hard not to get emotional talking about those guys,” Head Coach Truman Reagan said. “A lot of them have been here since I was the JV coach and coached them on JV. To see where they’re at right now, man, I don’t know what to say.”

The Indians made quick work of the Cotulla Cowboys. Jourdanton went on a 25-0 run to close out the first quarter and take a 27-2 lead into the second quarter. Jourdanton gained that lead thanks to 11 turnovers by Cotulla in the first quarter.

The Cowboys would go on to commit 28 turnovers compared to Jourdanton’s 14.

“Recently, coach has been preaching defense and pressure,” senior point guard Payton Gonzales said. “It showed in that Poth game, too. As long as we pressure our opposition, we’re gonna come out with a win.”

Ty Smoot goes for a layup in Jourdanton’s 85-35 win over Cotulla on Friday, Feb. 12. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Ty Smoot goes for a layup in Jourdanton’s 85-35 win over Cotulla on Friday, Feb. 12. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Gonzales finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Ty Smoot also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Increased offensive production in the last few games is a cause for confidence for Jourdanton.

“We have all the confidence in the world,” Reagan said. “There’s obviously a lot of things we have to work on, but these guys don’t flinch man. They’ve been to the second round, third round, played 5A and 6A schools; they’ve seen it all in their varsity careers. That’s what makes you feel the best as a coach.”

In total, three Indians surpassed double figures in scoring with Jarel Lilly and 12 of the 15 players dressed out for the varsity game scored. Senior Sean Luna came off the bench for the Indians on Friday and delivered nine points, all coming from behind the arc.

“That really meant a lot,” Luna said. “This is our last ride. We have 10 seniors graduating this year. When I came into the game, I couldn’t take it for granted because this could be my last game, you never know.”

Reagan wanted to make sure his players, especially his 10 seniors, got recognition for their hard work in the blowout win. They rewarded him with 11 made three-pointers, including Cole Andrus’ first career three-pointer, and came close to having all 15 players score in the win.

“They’re unbelievable, man,” Reagan said. “Sean’s a good shooter. We’ve known that since he was a freshman. That’s one thing he does a great job of. When he pulls up [to shoot], we know there’s a good chance it’s going in.”

In Tuesday’s win, three Indians scored in double figures, with Lilly leading the way with 20 points.

After navigating three COVID-related shutdowns this season and winning 17 of their 18 games in that time, the Indians feel they control their destiny as the playoffs begin this week.

“If we keep playing like this, we’re gonna go deep,” Lilly said. “I don’t think any team in the state can hang with us when all of us are contributing like we have.”

Jourdanton will meet Edna (8-12, 8-6) in the bi-district round of playoffs on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Beeville Jones High School.

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